The first episode of Robot Wars Extreme: Series 1 was originally broadcast on October 8, 2001 on BBC Choice and repeated on October 26, 2001 on BBC Two.

Like most of the episodes of Extreme, it featured episodes from multiple tournaments that ran across the tournament, as well as a main event. Here, the main event was the first battle of the Challenge Belt.

The BBC Two broadcast managed to attract 2.87 million viewers. According to BARB, this meant it ranked fourteenth in the top thirty highest rated BBC 2 broadcasts during 22-28 October, between Natural World and The Simpsons.

Featured Robots[edit | edit source]

Behemoth Arena EX1 Challenge Belt.jpg
Weight 95kg
Dimensions 1.1m x 0.62m x 0.57m
Power 24v Motor
Weapons Pneumatic Scoop
Strengths Self-righting Mechanism
Weaknesses Slow & Sluggish
From: Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire
Team Members: Anthony Pritchard, Michael Pritchard, Kane Aston
Chaos 2
Weight 83kg
Dimensions 0.9m x 0.71m x 0.38m
Power 24v Electric Motor
Weapons Pneumatic Powered Flipper
Strengths Unbeaten in competition
Weaknesses Limited CO2 Supply
From: Bramford, Ipswich
Team Members: George Francis, Ian Swann, Richard Swann
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Weight 93kg
Dimensions 1.17 x 1.04 x 0.39m
Power 36V Motor
Weapons Wedge & Scoop
Strengths Low Ground Clearance
Weaknesses Flammable
From: Clondalkin, Dublin
Team Members: Peter Redmond, Joe Gavin, Dr. Zulu
Pussycat extreme1.jpg
Weight 97kg
Dimensions 0.56m x 0.73m x 0.97m
Power 2 x Electric Motors
Weapons Spinning Blade
Strengths Always lands on its feet
Weaknesses Exposed Tyres
From: Gloucester
Team Members: Alan Gribble, Robert Bettington, David Gribble
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Weight 99kg
Dimensions 1.2m x 0.8m x 0.26m
Power 2 x 24v Electric Motors
Weapons Jaws, Fangs & Disc
Strengths Multiple Weaponry
Weaknesses Unreliable
From: Cyberspace
Team Members: Mik Reed, Robin Bennett & Andy Pugh
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Weight 83kg
Dimensions 0.71m x 0.61m x 0.38m
Power 2 x 24v Electric Motors
Weapons Bludgeoning Spike
Strengths Heavy Duty Weapon
Weaknesses Exposed Tyres
From: Branston, Lincoln
Team Members: Kevin Scott, Tim Mann, Karl Skinner
Sumpthing Extreme1.png
Weight 98kg
Dimensions 1.4m x 1m x 0.4m
Power 24v Motor
Weapons Crusher, Axe & Lifter
Strengths Multiple Weaponry
Weaknesses Exposed Mechanics
From: Leicester
Team Members: Dig, Geoff Germainey & Paul Bacon
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The Steel Avenger
Weight 100kg
Dimensions 1.3m x 0.7m x 0.8m
Power 2 x 750w Industrial Motors
Weapons Pneumatic Axe & Rear Flipper
Strengths Powerful Axe
Weaknesses Inaccuracy of Weapon
From: Holton St Mary
Team Members: John Willoughby, Jacky Willoughby, Tony Bates
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Weight 97kg
Dimensions 0.85m x 0.7m x 0.25m
Power 2 x 750w Motors
Weapons 2000rpm Spinning Disc
Strengths Invertible
Weaknesses Easily Flipped
From: Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire
Team Members: Andrew Marchant, David Gamble, Bryan Moss
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Wheely Big Cheese
Weight 99kg
Dimensions 1.32m x 0.95m x 0.44m
Power 2 x 24v Motors
Weapons Titanium Flipper
Strengths Self-righting Mechanism
Weaknesses Exposed Wheels
From: Langport in Somerset
Team Members: Roger Plant, John McGugan, Murray Wharf
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Weight 99kg
Dimensions 0.8m x 0.6m x 0.5m
Power 24v Electric Motors
Weapons Pneumatic Axe
Strengths 37kg Axe & Base
Weaknesses Poor Manoeuverability
From: Belmont in Hereford
Team Members: Marlon Pritchard, Paul Lewis, Simon Baldwin

Main Event[edit | edit source]

"Yes, that's right Craig, tonight's main event will be our Challenge Belt. Behemoth, the current holders have thrown down the gauntlet to any would-be challengers. But while we find a team with both the brains and brawn to beat those Behemoth boys, let's take a look at what else is on tonight's show. In a moment, there's a chance to settle old scores in our Vengeance battle between Tornado and Stinger. There's full-on carnage in our metal-mashing Mayhem and there are two battles featuring the best of the best in our All-Star competition. And all that before our main event, the Challenge Belt, and Behemoth are in the pits right now with a message of intent for tonight's show"
— Jonathan Pearce

The main event of Episode 1 was the first round of the Challenge Belt. Behemoth was awarded the titular Challenge Belt during the episode and could be challenged by any competitor for ownership of the belt. Unlike later appearances, Behemoth's opponent was not initially presented, under the guise that a challenger had not been found.

"We're Team Behemoth. This is the Challenge Belt. We got it, we deserve it. If you want it, come and get it!"
— Anthony Pritchard

Battles and Build-Up[edit | edit source]

Vengeance: Stinger vs. Tornado[edit | edit source]

Robot Wars Extreme: Series 1/Vengeance#Stinger vs Tornado
The first battle of the episode was a Vengeance battle between Stinger and Tornado, with Tornado looking to prove its superiority over its opponent after the Stinger team claimed Tornado was "just a big boring box on wheels". Tornado won the fight on a close judges' decision.

"Now another robot who doesn't take any prisoners is Behemoth. They're back and this time they say they're unbeatable. Well, Julia, I'd say prove it."
— Craig Charles

Following on from this fight was the first build-up segment for the Challenge Belt. Julia Reed presented Behemoth with the Challenge Belt, provided by the fictitious World Association of Robotics (W.A.R.), on claims that Team Make Robotics had made that their robot was "indestructible".

"We are the best. We are indestructible"
— Kane Aston

Reed then explained the rules - any team could challenge Behemoth for the belt and Behemoth would lose the belt if the challenge was declined. If Behemoth could win three challenges, then the team would be allowed to keep the belt. Team Make Robotics accepted the terms and were given the belt, before Reed left to search for a challenger.

Mayhem: Pussycat vs. Sumpthing vs. S.M.I.D.S.Y.[edit | edit source]

Robot Wars Extreme: Series 1/Mayhem#Pussycat vs Sumpthing vs S.M.I.D.S.Y.

All-Stars: Chaos 2 vs. X-Terminator[edit | edit source]

Robot Wars Extreme: Series 1/All-Stars#Chaos 2 vs X-Terminator

All-Stars: Diotoir vs. Wheely Big Cheese[edit | edit source]

Robot Wars Extreme: Series 1/All-Stars#Diotoir vs Wheely Big Cheese

Challenge Belt: Behemoth vs. The Steel Avenger[edit | edit source]

Robot Wars Extreme: Series 1/Challenge Belt#Challenge 1

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Chaos 2, The Steel Avenger and S.M.I.D.S.Y. would also appear in the first episode of The Fifth Wars.
  • The battle between Stinger and Tornado was the first battle to take place in Robot Wars Extreme. Due to this, several occurrences took place for the first time in that battle.
    • It was the first time that Mat Irvine acted as a judge.
    • It was the first battle where Refbot's counter was seen and shown to work, although it was used as a timer for the match, not to count out either of the competitors.
    • It was the first battle to take place in the fifth incarnation of the Robot Wars Arena, which would become the permanent design of the arena until the end of the original show's run.

The Steel Avenger's combat record is misconstrued before the first Challenge Belt battle

  • Ahead of the battle between Behemoth and The Steel Avenger, a statistics board erroneously claimed that The Steel Avenger had lost in the first round of Series 3 and 4, when it actually reached the second round and the Heat Final respectively.
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